With each bloody act, Islamic State militants demonstrate their need for self-importance overrides any moral, ethical, or religious boundary. Peter Kassig’s beheading is a microcosm of all the Islamic State wants, and religion is not high on that list.
Changing school calendars is a politically difficult maneuver because it makes statements about community identity. Our initial school calendar was determined by a mix of agricultural schedules and dominant religious thought. The result: summers off to work the land, and the end of December off to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Despite changing economies and demographics, we hold on to this system because it tells a story of who we are as a nation.
My appearances at the American Academy of Religion 2014.
Social Science Research Council
Theme: New Media, New Audiences: Making the Study of Religion Online
Contingent Faculty Task Force
Theme: Contingency in Religious Studies: A Roundtable
Contemporary Islam Group
Theme: Making Muslim American Musics
Consuming Qawwali: Hollywood and Muslim Devotionals
Moral Injury and Recovery in Religion, Society, and Culture Group
Theme: Extending Moral Injury: Examining Moral Injury as an Interdisciplinary Resource for Scholars and Practitioners
Where Am I From?: Bullying, The Immigrant Muslim Experience, and Moral Injury
Council on Foreign Relations
Theme: Sectarian Conflict in the Middle East
The recent attacks on military and law enforcement personnel in Canada and the U.S. raises the specter of “lone wolf” terrorist attacks, making Muslims suspect. Such thinking is superficial and reactionary. In the age of modern Islamophobia, it is a situation of owning a hammer and thinking everything is a nail. Looking at so-called “lone wolf” attacks in more detail and in a larger context reveals disconcerting issues in mental health care and media representations of Islam.
Hussein Rashid, a professor of religion at Hofstra University, argues that extremism appeals to those with mental illness because of their perceived lack of control in their own lives.